This is a good piece for early beginning pianists and will most likely be featured in my upcoming Volume 3 of Play Piano For Kids.
The sheet music uses my color system which is basically a rainbow starting from C. You should download Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1 as a PDF to see the color scheme and how it works. See links at right —>
Most kids have heard of Beethoven and may have even been introduced to some of his music in their music class at school. Ode To Joy is the famous melody that was part of his 9th Symphony and there have been many versions of English lyrics put to this music over the last two hundred years.
John Williams is undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of our time. His medium? Film scores. But he has had the greatest fortune to be able to work with the best filmmakers and thus indelibly affect popular culture. His soundtracks have given us the mnemonic devices to bring back films like Jaws, Superman, Star Wars, Indian Jones, and the list goes on.
Probably the most famous score, at least from a kids’ point of view, is Harry Potter. Hedwig’s Theme is actually the music for the owl, but everyone just calls it the Harry Potter Theme. It is originally written in E minor, but for beginning piano students, A minor is a bit easier to play and to read on the staff.
The Beatles changed the world with their catchy pop melodies, excellent song structures and beautiful harmonies. This song is long a favorite for pianists, but playing it in the original key of C is quite difficult for most young singers who have the heart of their range from middle C (C4) to the one above (C5).
Here’s a quick and easy version that you can use to remedy that situation in the Key of F major. You can easily find the lyrics anywhere on the internet.